Community Safety Services

Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA)

The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership has identified reducing alcohol related crime as a priority in their strategic plan and therefore applied to be part of the Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA) Programme under the Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy.

The first phase of the LAAA programme ran between 2014 and 2015 and involved 20 areas.  It gave local agencies the opportunity to develop solutions to alcohol-related problems that are specific to their area.  Those participating in the programme received support from Government, industry, and other local partners. Due to its success, a second round began earlier this year and following a successful application, the programme will run on the island for the next two years.

The aims of the programme will be:

  1. To reduce alcohol related harm.
  2. To reduce alcohol related crime.
  3. To create a more diverse and vibrant night time economy.


This includes:

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder including alcohol related domestic and sexual violence, antisocial behaviour and street drinkers as well as reducing the sale of alcohol to those who are intoxicated,
  • To reduce health and social problems arising from drinking too much alcohol,
  • To improve the collection, sharing and use of data between the Council, Police and NHS,
  • To create a more diverse and vibrant night time economy and attract a wider audience into the towns in the evening.


There will be numerous campaigns and projects happening to achieve the aims of the LAAA programme; more information will be available on the website in due course.

For further information on LAAA, visit the website by clicking here or alternatively contact our Local Alcohol Action Area Project Officer (LAAA Project Officer), by clicking here and using the 'Send a Message' to service form. 

Soberheroes assemble to highlight benefits of going alcohol-free and raise money

Coming up in the next few months, there will be various campaigns and messages in relation to sensible drinking starting with encouraging people to Go Sober for October to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The benefits of becoming a Soberhero include saving money, looking and feeling better, clearer skin, more energy and raising money for a worthwhile cause.

Amanda Gregory, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership signed up to be a Soberhero and so far has raised £155.00. To sponsor her, please donate by clicking here and type Amanda Gregory – donations can be made until the end of November.

Community Alcohol Partnership (CAPs) - Survey 2017

The Community Safety Partnership is currently seeking the views of residents about potential issues related to alcohol in their local area.

To submit your views and complete our online survey please click here.

End of consultation: Friday 8 December 2017 

The results of the survey will assist with establishing the benefits of a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) on the island. There are now 150 CAPs throughout the UK, whose work has produced outstanding impacts on:

  • Reducing crime.
  • Reducing anti-social behaviour.
  • Reducing litter.
  • Reducing underage/proxy purchasing.
  • Increasing residents' feelings of safety.


Valuable changes to promote healthy communities and reduce harm to young people. More information regarding CAPs can be found at their website by selecting the following link:

The survey also contains questions about evening pursuits and seeks your views on activities that are not centred on consuming alcohol. This will assist with another aim of the LAAA programme, which is to diversify the night time economy. 

For more information, contact our Local Alcohol Action Area Project Officer (LAAA Project Officer), by clicking here and using the 'Send a Message' to service form.